Supreme Court to Comelec: Issue voter's receipts for 2016 elections

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Comelec demonstrates capabilities of new vote-counting machines. (file photo)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Supreme Court ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday (March 8) to enable the vote verification feature of vote-counting machines for the May 9 elections.

The decision was in response to the petitions filed by senatorial candidates Richard Gordon and Greco Belgica, asking the Comelec to issue receipts.

With a unanimous vote of 14-0, the high tribunal asked the Comelec to ensure clean, honest, and orderly elections.

The court also ordered the poll body to ensure that after the voter verification and issuance of the receipts, the receipts should be deposited in a separate ballot box. The high tribunal also prohibited the receipts to be taken out of the precincts.

Last March 4, the Comelec unanimously voted against issuing receipts for the fear of vote buying. Instead, it decided to activate onscreen verification on the vote-counting machines.

Related: Comelec says no printed voting receipts, but onscreen verification enabled